What we believe
WE BELIEVE: A CREATIVE LOOK AT THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty
So many ideas swirl to create an abstract, yet personally engaging work to symbolize G_d (Jews do not even write the name.): the Spirit that blows through us all, the Eye of God, majesty and power, God reaching down to earth, God weeping with all of creation. Gaze into the center and you will see.
Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen
God silently moves over the waters, the water above and the water below. There is shadow and light reminding us of what we see and what we do not see.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God
Begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
Neckties, mirror, necktie silk fabric, machine-stitched, hand-quilted
Strangely, I had begun working on this piece before the project was launched. (I was investigating circles.). It all fell meaningfully together, midst much reflection on the Creed.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven
Creation is deeper than can be seen even over time in the dark night sky.
By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
The mystery of the Incarnation is the mainspring of Western Civilization. This montage represents the energy set into motion from God's becoming human, announced in our Church's ancient language.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
Oil on Artist's Board
This triptych portrays the heart of the Gospel message.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
Depending on time of day and time of year, in red light of setting sun, in dark of only street light, draped in black, swathed in red, or bathed in white light, we see Trinity's Christus Rex as if in many layers.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
Acrylic on canvas
The Holy Spirit is widely viewed as the feminine essence Divinity, and so appears here as female (based in part on an icon of Sophia, Wisdom, another feminine face of the Godhead.) As Mother and Giver of Life, she infuses all Creation-from bean plants and sunflowers to rabbits, cats, and of course humanity-with the breath of life, imbuing it with Glorious vitality. The Greek pneuma, used for the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, means 'breath' or 'wind.' She is God in action, in motion, more verb than noun. The words on the sides are 'pneuma,' 'kecharitomene' (full of grace), "zoopoio' (giver of life), and "chive' (Eve, Mother of Life)
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
Martha K. Baker
Silk embroidery on muslin apron
Women's work is imbued with the Holy Spirit, whether the work is quotidian and mysterious or occasional and transparent. Embroidering an apron from my grandmother Baker's belongings meant I could honor her and the work of our hands which the Holy Spirit inspires.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
Digital Graphic Design
A prophet is a man or woman who speaks uncomfortable truths to people not yet ready to hear them. I was inspired by the women and men who have given their all to fight for social justice throughout history. The Bible verse is Joel 2:28.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
In this vision, the church is founded in creation and is united by baptism. The church buildings themselves reflect the different cultures of baptized Christians throughout the world who are shown in the small insets. These are as varied as a thatched roof church in Sudan, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and a monastery in New Mexico.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
Paper, wood and acrylic paint
The water piece is characterized by the rough blue tones to depict the troubled waters of everyday life. The cross emerging from the water is white to represent purity and a Christian life. The water splashing over the edges reminds us we do not live in a perfect world. We are always struggling to remember our baptismal vows, live a more pure Christian life, and be forgiven for our sins, new and old.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Paper Mosaic on Wood
This project was very special to me because my stepdaughter, Joerdan Carney, and I worked on it together. While the idea to create a mosaic was mine, Joerdan and I finished it together and had a great time.